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. and this morning, secretary of state john kerry just weighed in on "meet the press." >> president putin is using force in a completely inappropriate manner that will invite the apropium of the world. he's going to lose all of the glow that came out of the olympics. he is not going to have a sochi g-8. he may not even remain in the g-8. >> we go directly to nbc's jim maceda in moscow. jim, what are we to make of president putin's actions here? >> reporter: hi, eric. so far, it's playing out very much along the old soviet playbook, isn't it? you have russia asked to intervene in crimea by russian compatriots under threat. putin had got the use of force and 24 hours later, russian forces have pretty much neutralized crimea without firing a shot. so he's already attained his key short-term goal, anyhow, and i think that's reminding kiev and reminding the west that vladimir putin can't be cut out of ukraine's future. and that he truly is prepared to use his facility anywhere in ukraine, if used to defend his interests. and that doesn't seem to worry him at all, this idea of consequences, for him not
. >> reporter: u.s. officials have been very adamant. they've pushed back against that posture. secretary kerry said, this is not rocky iv. all of these steps that we have seen over the past 24 hours escalating the situation certainly adding to the tensions between these two nations. >> absolutely. and that also reflects something the president said earlier, that this is not about a cold war power games but rather stability in the ukraine. seems it may be difficult to maintain that posture here with some escalation. kristen welker, thanks for your reporting. >> thank you, ari. >> we go to p.j. crowley, former secretary of state and now professor at george washington university. p.j., you've served the obama administration. i want to get your take what we're seeing. yesterday president obama makes a clear statement to his russian counterpart about not intervening. today the news is president putin is seeking to place military personnel there. is this, in your mind, a direct response from putin to what the president said yesterday? >> i think, yes, up to a point. obviously ukraine has a vital imp
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